Vicki Burns is a jazz singer who has been delighting audiences for years. A vocalist with impeccable taste, a sure sense of rhythm and a glorious tone, she infuses each song with heartfelt expression, digging into the lyrics and melody for their richest interpretation. No wonder the great jazz drummer; Max Roach once described Vicki’s singing as “a gold mine”!
Some of Vicki’s performing highlights in New England include: singing with the great jazz drummer, Alan Dawson, for the Martin Luther King Jr. “Journey into a Dream” Concert series in Boston and opening for Billy Taylor and Max Roach in the “Bright Moments” Concert series in Amherst, MA. She has performed regularly at these Boston area jazz clubs: Ryles, 1369 Club, the Starlight Roof and the Turtle Café. She has also been featured on “Music America”, a syndicated WGBH broadcast hosted by Ron D’Ella Chiesa.
While still a student, she sang with a popular big band, The Clayton Poole Jazz Orchestra and was chosen by John Coltrane’s biographer Bill Cole among others for the New England Touring Arts program.
On the West Coast Vicki has performed at Garden City in San Jose, The San Jose Museum of Art’s “Women in Jazz” series, a featured spot in the San Jose Jazz Festival , The Great American Music Hall with the Oakland Jazz Choir, Kimball’s East with Madeline Eastman and the Oakland Jazz Choir and the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival . She became a favorite performer at Enrico’s San Francisco’s acclaimed beatnik haunt, establishing a firm fan base which included the infamous Carol Doda. She was featured at Yoshi’s with flautist Nika Rejto and at the Plush Room where she collaborated with acclaimed pianist, Ken Muir noted for his long association with Paula West.
In 2005, Vicki released her debut CD which features original music, lyrics and arrangements of both familiar and rare standards. Entitled Siren Song it is produced by Vicki and the acclaimed flugal hornist, Dmitri Matheny, who also arranges some of the material. Matheny described her voice as a “wonderful, rich instrument”. Jazz critic Dan Ouellette said of her debut recording that she “succeeds with rapturous, mystical beauty”.
In October of 2008, Vicki released a second CD, Vicki Burns Quartet: Live At Anna’s Jazz Island.
Receiving broad critical acclaim and airplay, it has served as a delightful introduction to the New York City jazz scene where she now finds herself. Recently, she has performed to enthusiastic audiences at North Square in the Washington Square Hotel and the 5 C Cultural Center in the East Village.
“Vicki Burns’ singing is a goldmine”
Jazz drumming legend Max Roach
“She has an exceptional range, impeccable intonation, a great sense of swing and a great repertoire”
Smith Dobson, Bay Area jazz pianist
“A jazz songstress with a great future”
Jazz Notes Magazine from the 1993 San Jose Jazz Festival
'There's an impressive new singer on the scene…. Watch out for Vicki Burns.'
Bud Spangler, Bay Area Drummer, producer and host of “Sunday Night Suites” on KCSM
“Obviously a professional…”
Mark Murphy, Vocal Jazz Innovator
“Sweet and Sassy…”
Bruce Bellingham, columnist, San Francisco Examiner
About Siren Song, Vicki’s debut recording:
“Avoiding the predictability of safe havens, her music brims with many more surprises and uncharted delights in the jazz tradition. Vicki Burns is irresistible.”
Dr Herb Wong, Bay Area Producer and reviewer, Jazz Education Journal
“It was pleasure to work with Vicki on this project. She is a fine musician with a wonderful, rich instrument. I also think she is an astonishingly talented lyricist. Her lyrics to ‘Siren Song’ and ‘Here’s Looking at You’ are masterful.”
Dmitri Matheny, acclaimed flugelhornist and producer of “Siren Song”
Review Quotes Cont:
“Vicki Burns is an amazing live performer, and this disc, very reminiscent of Anita O’Day, Chris Connor and Carole Simpson is sure to please. Sublime vocals of depth and color, sounds infused with dark chocolate soaked in bourbon. A most enjoyable musical outing.”
Chris Morano, Manager of jazz vocalist, Spider Saloff and president of Moranoartists.
“…Vocalist Vicki Burns… makes her auspicious recording debut with Siren Song, produced by flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny. The CD is a captivating 11-song collection that not only features Ms. Burns’ prowess as a singer, lyricist/songwriter and arranger, but also delves into an emotional zone of haunting enchantment that is seldom explored…. Ms. Burns succeeds with rapturous, mystical beauty.”
Dan Ouellette, Jazz editor, Schwann Inside; contributing writer: Down Beat, Stereophile, San Francisco Chronicle
About Vicki Burns Quartet: Live At Anna’s Jazz Island:
'Vicki Burns has a limitless future. Her very attractive voice, versatile style and infectious delivery combine to give her, her own memorable sound.” Scott Yanow
“Vicki Burns does indeed 'burn' on this recording.
The stars were aligned just right when she was blessed with a singing voice that was made for the jazz idiom” John Gilbert for ejazz news